Everyone wants hard work. Only CEO Heo Byeong-gil and Hyundai Motor Group seem to have different ideas. Kim Sang-sik (46), coach of Jeonbuk Hyundai, is at the edge of a cliff.
If Kim Sang-shik remains as head coach even though FC Seoul loses an away game on Children’s Day, Jeonbuk must be seen as having no will to win this season.
Jeonbuk Hyundai will have an away game against FC Seoul on the 5th at 2:00 pm in the 11th round of the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023.
Jeonbuk placed 10th out of 12 teams with 10 points from 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses until the 10th round. It is hard to believe that this is the ranking of a team that won the K-League 9 times in 13 years from 2009 to last year and won 5 consecutive seasons from 2017 to 2021.
In a squad composed of current national players such as Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Kim Jin-soo, Kim Moon-hwan, and Cho Kyu-seong, and Hong Jeong-ho, Moon Seon-min, Yoon Young-seon, Jeong Tae-wook, and Lee Dong-jun, a result that was unimaginable.
All responsibility goes to director Kim Sang-shik. While coaching Choi Kang-hee, he was praised as a ‘prepared leader’ and ‘next coach’ well-packaged in the media, but in the first year of his coaching debut (2021 season), when Jeonbuk’s winning system remained, Ulsan last year, the second year after winning the difficult championship by 2 points. The trophy was taken away by Hyundai, and in the third year, it is in repeated decline.
It was said that ‘even if a rich man perishes, it lasts for 3 years’, but 3 years after Kim Sang-sik took over as manager, it changed to a team that had to worry about relegation. I don’t know if the content of the game is good, but even when I was the runner-up last season, I was continuously criticized for the absence of detailed tactics and incomprehensible use of players, and this reached its peak this season. Jeonbuk fans are rather criticizing the tactic of playing separately and relying only on individual capabilities with a team of national players with the highest salary in the K-League. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Even the Jeonbuk club is causing friction with fans around CEO Heo Byeong-gil, adding to the controversy.
There is nowhere to retreat anymore. The Seoul game held on Children’s Day is meaningful in that it is the ’11th round’ in which all 12 K-League teams face each other once. Everyone has faced each other once, but being in the relegation zone is because the excuse for Dae Jin-woon does not work.
And if they lose against Seoul as well, Jeonbuk will suffer their 7th loss in 11 matches, and the ‘7th loss’ has a great meaning.